Black Unemployment Rate Lowest in 17 Years

Jun 28, 2017 by

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for black Americans is the lowest it has been in 17 years. After the first report in February at 8.1, the number has dropped each month since with May registering a 7.5 unemployment rate. The last time it was that low was December 2000 when it was at 7.4 percent.

The black unemployment rate skyrocketed under President Obama, who oversaw double digits during his administration, hitting a high of nearly 17 percent in March 2010. Black lawmakers were quick to blame Obama, as Breitbart noted:

In August 2011, Congresswoman Maxine Waters called the black unemployment rate “unconscionable.”

A month later, Waters hammered President Obama for failing to “acknowledge the economic disaster in the African American community” while addressing his jobs agenda in the battleground state of Iowa.

Days later, then-Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver told reporters, “If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House.”

But in the first months of his presidency, Donald Trump has been a champion for blacks just as he promised on the campaign trail when he assured them safer communities, better education, and high-paying jobs. In March, President Trump signed an executive order, making historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) “an absolute priority for this White House.”

Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough slammed Obama in the Los Angeles Times, saying, “For Obama, people expected him to come in and fix everything — especially for black people. But he never campaigned strongly for HBCUs.”

However, Kimbrough praised Trump’s actions so far, “He’s coming in saying he’s going to be the president for HBCUs.”

Thurgood Marshall College Fund President Johnny C. Taylor Jr. also praised Trump in the same LA Times story: “In the first four months of his presidency, the Trump administration has been far more responsive to our community than the past administration.”

PJ Media noted:

This is far from the only praise given to the Trump administration from black leaders. Black education leaders praised Betsy DeVos during her difficult confirmation hearings. Black religious leaders endorsed Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump promised a change for black people, and it seems like he has delivered on it.

Source: Black Unemployment Rate Lowest in 17 Years | Truth Revolt

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